July 24: The House of Chimeras is assembling a list of audio and video resources about therianthropes. The audio resources include radio as well as podcasts. The video resources are limited to TV documentaries. The Chimeras want to know about more resources to add. They also want to know how best to share a database of the actual files.
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House of Chimeras, “Audio and video of the community.” 2013-07-24. The Werelist: A therianthrope community resource (forum). http://www.werelist.net/forums/
Posted with permission from the House of Chimeras.
September: The Therians United Club on the art gallery web-site DeviantArt.com created a web forum for otherkin and therianthropes, called Kin United.
Therians United Club. DeviantArt. http://therians-united-club.deviantart.
Kin United. DeviantArt. http://kin-united.proboards.com/
RogueSareth, “Otherkin-united.” 2013-09-03. Otherkin Deviants. DeviantArt. http://otherkin-deviants.deviantart.
Ultima228, “A forum just for us, is up!” 2013-05-10. Therians United Club. DeviantArt. http://therians-united-club.deviantart.
Last August and this September: An online forum for skeptics on the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) web-site just heard of otherkin and furries for the first time. In the "Otherkin?" forum thread, they’re trying to figure out what these are. On the whole, the forum is confused by them, and not able to tell how much of them is hoax or sincere. Either way, the forum’s pretty sure that they’re something to laugh at.
“Otherkin?” JREF forums. http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?
August 25: Administrators of Draconity.org are looking for more staff for their web-site. They want help with running their newsletter, wiki, movie night, and contests. The closing date for applications will be on this September 22.
Draconity.org is a web-site for otherkin who identify as dragons. The site has a forum http://www.draconity.org/index.php and a wiki. http://wiki.draconity.org The wiki is more specifically about otherkin, whereas the forum is open to anyone who likes dragons.
If you're interested, read the job descriptions and apply.
Aurelia, “New staff-with-a-twist applications!” 2013-08-25. Draconity.org. http://www.draconity.org/index.php/
(A public forum post by a site administrator.)
June 2013: Arawn Bheur created a web forum for people who identify as animals of kinds not found in Earthly nature. The forum is called “Betwixt and Between: A resource for animalistic otherkin, theriomythics, and non-Earth animal therians.” The site statement says it’s for “those who find themselves ‘betwixt and between’ the therian and otherkin communities.” The site’s goal is “to bridge the gap between therians and ’kin [otherkin].” Like many therian forums, it has some rules to reduce confusion about therianthropy: no role-playing anywhere in the forum, and no claims of real-world facts without real-world proof.
Betwixt and Between: A resource for animalistic otherkin, theriomythics, and non-Earth animal therians. Created 2013-06. http://betwixtandbetween.lefora.com/
July: There's a new online forum for otherkin people who identify as dragons (also called dragonkin).1 It’s called The Dragonkin Lair. The forum "focuses on draconity alone."2 Other topics of conversation-- even other kinds of spirituality often linked with otherkin-- are considered off-topic. The forum is only meant for dragonkin, but "you are welcome to join even if you aren't otherkin."3
(The below sources are public "sticky posts" made by the administrator of the forum in question. They serve as the FAQ for the forum. They're not casual conversations, as other forum threads could be. For these reasons, I consider it ethical to cite from them.)
1. Razkhel (administrator of The Dragonkin Lair), “What is a dragonkin?” The Dragonkin Lair. 2013-07-02. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t1-
2. Razkhel, “Rules of the dragonkin lair; read this before posting!” 2013-07-02. The Dragonkin Lair. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t6-
3. Razkhel, “The dragonkin lair is not a therian, fictionkin or multiplicity forum.” 2013-07-02. The Dragonkin Lair. http://dragonkinlair.forumotion.com/t4-
July: On the Werelist, an online discussion forum for therianthropes, there's a discussion thread collecting advice about walking and running on all fours. For some (not all) people who identify as animals, this is an enjoyable activity. Trading ideas on it is valuable, because it's difficult to develop this skill to the point of grace, comfort, and safety. The very informative first post is from 2009, so this isn't entirely news, but the thread is still getting useful additions. Just this month, the thread gained an excellent research essay about how to avoid injury and use relevant exercises.
After James Cameron’s film Avatar came out, there was a sudden appearance of people saying they are otherkin who identify as Na’vi in spirit. It’s difficult to tell which of the people involved sincerely believe what they say, or whether they’re just playing a prank to see what might be stirred up.
The first mention of Na’vi otherkin appears to have been on the first of the month, in the thread “Hello, Na’vi Otherkin here” on the Otherkin.com forum.1 The newcomer, with the user-name Tirea Na’vi, mentioned having formerly identified as an elf with a tail. Some of the reactions from the regulars were incredulous or hostile. It made for a long thread, but I’d recommend reading it. It has some intelligent discussion about the issues that were being raised, which are better read in full than summarized. There was also some ordinary flaming, common to most Internet forums. Less than a week after the thread began, Tirea Na’vi was banned from that forum, along with a few other thread participants.2
Also on the first of the month, Tirea Na’vi had created a Twitter account, a personal blog, and a community for Na’vi otherkin on Livejournal.com. New Year’s Day was busy. All of these sites have been quite active throughout January.
On the sixteenth, a blog was started that called itself the Na’vi Anti-Defamation League, which was ostensibly a defense of Na’vi otherkin, going over the top. That blog admitted itself to be a prank on the eighteenth.3
There has continued to be much discussion about Na’vi otherkin in various forums and blogs, including on sites that don’t ordinarily talk about otherkin.
Identifying with fictional beings has been a controversial subject among otherkin for years. When “fiction-kin” enter an otherkin forum, an unfriendly or mixed reaction to them is not unusual. In the otherkin communities, the presence of Na’vi otherkin (whether sincere or not) has brought a few questions to the forefront of the conversations, especially this: If we can accept identifying as creatures from myth, legend, and folktale, can we also accept people who identify with creatures or characters from fiction? This isn’t a new question to the otherkin community, but it’s worthwhile for each of us to consider and come to their own opinion.
- O. Scribner